UCD Foundation for Italian Studies Scholarship

Title

UCD Foundation for Italian Studies Scholarship

Subject

Italian

Brief background to the award

The UCD Foundation for Italian Studies has promoted Italian studies in UCD since its establishment in 1980. This Scholarship will complement its traditional contributions, namely academic publishing, public lectures and other cultural events, with a novel initiative aimed at encouraging the study of Italian at postgraduate level.

This partial fee Scholarship will be awarded for one year to a student of proven academic excellence to pursue postgraduate studies at MA / MLitt or PhD level in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics with a specialisation in Italian Studies.

Eligibility criteria

The Scholarship will be payable to a student who has been accepted for an MA / MLitt or PhD degree programme on a full-time or part-time basis in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, having met all its admissions requirements. Students from EU and non-EU countries are equally eligible. Applicants must be registered for an MA degree programme in Modern Languages or in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, with specialization in Italian Studies, or to an MLitt or PhD degree programme in the field of Italian Studies. In addition to meeting all other requirements for postgraduate admission, they must have obtained a grade of at least Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or equivalent, in their primary degree (NFQ Level 8).

If a successful applicant is in receipt of contributions from other scholarships or awards, the alternative source will be exhausted first and the UCD Scholarship for Italian Studies will cover the remaining sum up to total fee liability.

The assessment panel reserves the right not to award the scholarship in a given year, if no applications of sufficient merit are received.

The Scholarship is subject to the general conditions governing the award of university scholarships. A student who withdraws, is suspended, or dismissed from the University will lose his/her Scholarship eligibility.

Applications will be assessed every year in July. All eligible students entering relevant graduate programmes in that calendar year are encouraged to apply.  

Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of the Head of Italian Studies, another full-time member of staff in Italian Studies, and an External Examiner. It is within the discretion of the assessment panel to split the Scholarship between two suitable candidates in the event of a tie. The programme of study must be approved by the Director of the Foundation.

Value

EUR 4,000

The total amount of the partial fee Scholarship is EUR 4,000, as a partial reimbursement for postgraduate fees. It will be paid out in two instalments during the year following the award, corresponding to the first two fee payment dates. Payment is subject to satisfactory completion of all academic requirements of the postgraduate degree up to that point.

Funding details

The scholarship is funded by the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies. It will initially be guaranteed for two years, pending an assessment after this cycle.

Advertising to students

The scholarship will be advertised on the website of the School and of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Approving Programme or Graduate School Board and Date of Approval

College of Arts and Humanities Graduate Taught Programmes Board (14 May 2021)

Any )other information

Applicants should submit both a hard copy and an electronic copy of the following: 

a) curriculum vitae

b) academic transcripts

c) an indication of the research area in which they might be interested for a minor MA thesis or, in the case of an MLitt or a PhD, a description of their research project (no longer than 3,000 words)

d) the names of two academic referees (referees should send their references by e-mail to the Director of the Foundation, italianfoundation@ucd.ie

Candidates should send their applications to the Director of the UCD Foundation for Italian Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, italianfoundation@ucd.ie. Completed applications must be sent by the end of June of the year in which applicants plan to start their postgraduate degree.